Firebirds confident they can handle Trent Boult

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 05:00 04/01/2014

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He tormented the West Indies, but Trent Boult won't be scaring the Wellington batting lineup, according to their coach Jamie Siddons.

New Zealand test spearhead Boult will take the new ball for Northern Districts in their Twenty20 clash with Wellington in Mt Maunganui today.

Boult has been told to work on his white ball skills if he is to crack the 2015 World Cup team and the left-armer took 0-17 from four overs in Thursday's loss to Canterbury.

"A test bowler doesn't equate to a great Twenty20 bowler as far as I'm concerned," Siddons said.

"Certainly his first couple of overs will be difficult to handle but in Twenty20, I'm not sure how he goes at the death. I'm not too worried about that, we've got some good opening batters that should be able to apply themselves and not suffer too much damage up front."

Wellington and ND are both on 16 points and today's winner will be sitting pretty for the finals.

The Firebirds are light on actual cricket, having had two washouts before Wednesday's win in a six-over match against Central Districts.

"We've got a pretty senior group so they know how to turn it on when the time comes," Siddons said.

"ND have had cricket but they played quite poorly [on Thursday] so that can also work against them."

Thursday's game was also played at Bay Oval.

ND restricted Canterbury to 125-7 but then fell 11 runs short.

"I heard Peter Fulton say the pitch was not as bad as what the score says," Siddons said.

"I've seen it on video already and it didn't look too bad. There must be something going on with it but we'll just play it by ear. You get a fair idea after the first two overs, to make a pretty good estimation of what a good score will be."

Both teams have named unchanged 12s and Siddons declared himself happy with the form of import Graham Napier, who belted 28 off 11 and bowled two overs for 23 against CD.

"He was really punishing on the bowlers, and his two overs were awesome. With our experience, [James] Franklin, [Grant] Elliott, Napier, these types of guys should be able to cope with most situations without panicking."

Meanwhile, the women's one-dayer between Wellington and Auckland was washed out yesterday.

The Blaze were 24-2 at the Basin Reserve when the rain hit.

AT A GLANCE

Where: Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui

When: 4pm today

Northern Districts (from): Daniel Flynn, Anton Devcich, Brad Wilson, BJ Watling, Scott Styris, Daryl Mitchell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Jono Boult, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Graeme Aldridge, Anurag Verma

Wellington (from): Michael Pollard, Michael Papps, Stephen Murdoch, James Franklin, Grant Elliott, Graham Napier, Luke Woodcock, Henry Walsh, Jeetan Patel, Dane Hutchinson, Brent Arnel, Matt Taylor

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